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Police Shooting of RI Man Justified

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Rock Island County State's Attorney
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from police body camera footage-officers confront Shaw

Two Rock Island police officers were justified in shooting an armed man last month. That was the announcement Thursday afternoon from State's Attorney Dora Villarreal, after reviewing the investigation by the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force. 

On April 25th, Officers Steven Mumma and Tyler Evans encountered Kelvin Shaw of Rock Island after responding to a report of an armed man holding two women against their will. Villarreal says body camera footage shows Shaw pointed his gun at the officers as he tried to escape - they fired a total of five shots, and three of them hit Shaw. 

He died three days later. 

And she concluded, "based on the totality of the circumstances and the specific facts outlined above, both officers discharging their duty weapons was reasonable and justified." 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.